UNAPPROVED MIDLAND PARKS AND RECREATION COMMISSION

REGULAR MEETING OF FEBRUARY 1, 2005

COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF CITY HALL

7:00 PM

 

 

 

MEMBERS PRESENT:                        Peck, Zimmer-Janeczko, Dauer, Robert, Kasprzyk, Berthiaume

 

MEMBERS ABSENT:                         Lengerman, Donovan, Rothhaar

 

OTHERS PRESENT:                            McGuire

 

The meeting was called to order by Chairperson Peck at 7:00 p.m.

 

Minutes

 

Motion by Dauer, seconded by Zimmer-Janeczko to receive the minutes of the meeting of January 4, 2005.  Motion carried 5 – 0.

 

Call to Audience

 

Chairperson Peck issued a call to the audience for issues not covered on the agenda.  There was response from Paul Handt, 5101 Highridge Ct., he asked if the Commission was going to discuss the article in the newspaper.  Peck explained that a forum article appeared in Sunday’s newspaper.  He indicated that there were inaccuracies.  Handt indicated that there were inaccuracies and suggested the Commission respond.  Robert suggested that future emphasis be given to the fact there is no subsidy to the golf course, however there was no support for a response at this time.  Berthiaume arrived at 7:07 p.m.

 

Review of Master Plan Goals

 

McGuire presented a report which outlined the goals as stated in the recently adopted Master Plan and the program of work as it pertains to the goals.

 

Motion by Zimmer-Janeczko, seconded by Berthiaume to receive the staff report on goals.  Motion carried 7 – 0.

 

Picnic Reservation Fee Implementation

 

McGuire presented the proposed policy for implementing the Picnic Reservation Fee Ordinance which includes the following:

 

1)       Payment is due no later than 10 working days after the reservation is made.  If the reservation is made within ten days of the event, payment must accompany the reservation.

2)       If payment is not received within the allotted time, the reservation will be cancelled and the party notified.

3)       No refunds will be issued for reservations made.

 

Motion by Robert, seconded by Dauer to endorse the policy regarding administration of the picnic reservation fee program. Motion carried 6 – 0.

 

 

Recommendation Regarding Current Civic Arena

 

McGuire explained that staff and the Commission had looked closely at the future use of the Civic Arena Building.  While several public recreation uses have been brought forth, many would lead to competition with private sector recreational outlets and or would require a substantial City subsidy for both Capital and Operating costs.  He further indicated that while subsidized recreation programs do exist, it does not appear that the programs proposed to this point, have the broad based appeal to justify a significant City subsidy.   He also reported that staff had engaged in conversation with private entrepreneurs, however the fact` that the facility is within a Park and discontinuing its use as a park would require a vote at a general election which cannot take place until November of 2006,  private developers have found this unacceptable.  In light of the above staff has recommended that the facility be demolished and that the area be returned to green space and that a master plan be developed for its use.

 

Zimmer-Janeczko suggested that retrofit is typically costly.

 

Mike Bensinger, Architect, said the building is of high quality, has a useful life of 50 – 75 years.  He suggested the use as a fieldhouse to accommodate several sports.  He asserted that at least it could be converted with minimum cost and could generate some of its funding.  Building rental fees should be used.

 

Motion by Dauer to receive the staff recommendation and schedule action for the March 1, 2005 meeting, seconded by Kasprzyk.  Motion carried 6 – 0.

 

Fees

 

McGuire presented staff proposals on recreation fees (see attached).  He outlined the proposals to be discussed at a public hearing on February 17, 2005.

 

Beautification Advisory Committee

 

McGuire recommended that Ben Franklin be appointed to the Beautification Advisory Committee.

 

Motion by Robert, seconded by Dauer to appoint Ben Franklin to the Beautification Advisory Committee.  Motion carried 6 – 0.

 

Old Business

 

None

 

New Business

 

None

 

Meeting adjourned at 7:50 p.m.

 

Respectfully,

 

 

 

Marty McGuire